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Composer Alexandre Desplat Talks Scoring 'Zero Dark Thirty,' Working With Terrence Malick, Wes Anderson & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 10, 2013 3:06 PM
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Few film composers had a more amazing 2012 than Alexandre Desplat. The French composer, who rose to prominence based on his lush, nearly operatic score to Jonathan Glazer's woefully underrated supernatural melodrama "Birth," had an unparalleled 2012 which included scores to (deep breath) Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom," Jacques Audiard's "Rust & Bone," Ben Affleck's "Argo," DreamWorks Animation's "Rise of the Guardians," and Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty."

Alexandre Desplat Returns To Score Wes Anderson's 'Grand Budapest Hotel'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 1, 2013 10:38 AM
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Talk about getting the gang back together. While he's been playing close to the chest about what he's building with "Grand Budapest Hotel," Wes Anderson has at least slowly been revealing who'll be part of the project. Right around Christmas the director shared that Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Edward Norton, Adrien Brody and Willem Dafoe would be joining the ensemble cast that includes Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, Saoirse Ronan, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson and Jason Schwartzman. As always, the actors are a mix of familiar and new faces, but when it comes to the talent behind the camera, Anderson is keeping it in the family.

Exclusive: First Listen To Alexandre Desplat's Score For 'Zero Dark Thirty'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 10, 2012 12:03 PM
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If there's one movie that seemingly everyone is talking about, it's "Zero Dark Thirty." "Hurt Locker" director Kathryn Bigelow's harrowing account of the ten-year chase for Osama Bin Laden. The film is quickly accumulating a number of significant critics' prizes, topping many year-end lists and generating a deafening amount of Oscar buzz. One of the unsung heroes of "Zero Dark Thirty," though, is composer Alexandre Desplat, who creates the richly moody score for the film, which really comes into play during the movie's last act, swirling during the raid on Bin Laden's compound like some low-lying fog. And today, we are thrilled to give the first listen to this unique and atmospheric score.

Alexandre Desplat Will Score Christoph Gans' 'Beauty And The Beast,' Vincent Cassel To Use Motion Capture

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 8, 2012 3:33 PM
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Since it was first announced at the beginning of the year, we haven't really heard all that much about Christoph Gans' "Beauty and the Beast." But the mere fact that the helmer behind "Silent Hill" and "Brotherhood of the Wolf" is taking on the classic fairy tale with none other that Vincent Cassel and Lea Seydoux in the lead roles intrigues us. And now, with filming gearing up, a few more interesting tidbits about the movie have emerged.

Alexandre Desplat Scoring Kathryn Bigelow's Bin Laden Film 'Zero Dark Thirty'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 17, 2012 6:00 PM
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We don't know if we'd call Alexandre Desplat the best working composer -- although an argument could certainly be made for that. But we'd certainly call him one of the most prolific. Since the French composer broke out a decade or so ago with "Girl With A Pearl Earring" and the amazing music for "Birth," he's been in high demand, and ever more so as time goes on. In 2011, for instance, he penned the music for no fewer than NINE films -- "Largo Winch II: The Burma Conspiracy," "The Well Digger's Daughter," "A Better Life," "The Tree Of Life," "Carnage," "The Ides Of March," "Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Pt. 2," "Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close" and "Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir."

Watch: Roman Polanski's Prada-Funded Short Film 'A Therapy' With Ben Kingsley & Helena Bonham Carter

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 23, 2012 8:00 AM
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Last year's "Carnage" might have been something of a disappointment, but it hasn't fazed Roman Polanski: the director's already gearing up for his next film "D," about the famous anti-semitic Dreyfus Affair in France in the 19th century, which will see the director reteam with his "The Ghost Writer" scribe Robert Harris. The plan is for the film to shoot at the end of the year, but Polanski's not been idle in the meantime: he's been in Cannes this week with a threefold purpose: the screening of the documentary "Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir" (read our review here), another screening, of his 1979 picture "Tess," and the unveiling of a new short film that he's directed.

Watch: A Half-Cut Bill Murray Gives His Guide To Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom,' Plus Gorgeous Alternate Posters

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 22, 2012 9:20 AM
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With all the fuss of the last few days, it's almost escaped our attention that Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" is now only a few days away from hitting theaters: in the week since it premiered at Cannes, so many new films, news and trailers have arrived that it's a pleasant surprise to realize that the 'Moonrise' is going on limited release this Friday. And doubly so because, if our review and many others are to be believed, the film is a particular treat, and probably Anderson's finest live-action work in a decade.

'Moonrise Kingdom' Soundtrack Features Françoise Hardy, Hank Williams, Alexandre Desplat & Lots Of Classical Music

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 2, 2012 11:26 AM
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It just over two weeks the verdict will be in for Wes Anderson's Cannes Film Festival opener "Moonrise Kingdom" and the fact that it's the director's first period film (taking place in the '60s) isn't the only major change fans can expect.

'Moonrise Kingdom' Soundtrack Features Françoise Hardy, Hank Williams & The Partial Return of Mark Mothersbaugh

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 11, 2012 4:59 PM
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Here's a great tease, but we'll take it nonetheless. Partial details of Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" have arrived, plus the soundtrack art and a release date.

Alexandre Desplat Scoring Ben Affleck's 'Argo' & Animated 'Rise Of The Guardians'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • February 11, 2012 10:38 AM
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Rarely a year has gone by over the past decade where composer Alexandre Desplat hasn’t delivered a memorable score for a film. 2011 was an especially strong year with “The Ides of March,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” and Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life.” As expected, Desplat’s workload isn’t going to slow down anytime soon, as he’s already set to score Wes Anderson’s much anticipated “Moonrise Kingdom” along with two recently announced projects.

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